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Feds want House committee hearings into elections law overhaul bill done by May 1

Facing a virtual opposition revolt over radical changes to Canada’s federal election law and new provisions that threaten the independence and freedom of the chief electoral officer, the government on Tuesday promised at least a dozen witness hearings on the legislation that could stretch into May.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand and Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre. Despite a promise to hear ‘anyone who wants to come’ to speak on Bill C-23, as well as a last-minute agreement to consider opposition demands for public hearings across the country, it appeared later in the day the government was unwilling to give the opposition a stage outside Ottawa to highlight criticism of the measures.

 

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Feds want House committee hearings into elections law overhaul bill done by May 1

Facing a virtual opposition revolt over radical changes to Canada’s federal election law and new provisions that threaten the independence and freedom of the chief electoral officer, the government on Tuesday promised at least a dozen witness hearings on the legislation that could stretch into May.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand and Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre. Despite a promise to hear ‘anyone who wants to come’ to speak on Bill C-23, as well as a last-minute agreement to consider opposition demands for public hearings across the country, it appeared later in the day the government was unwilling to give the opposition a stage outside Ottawa to highlight criticism of the measures.

 

  
Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

Photo courtesy of Twitter

On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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